On September 13th, 2018,the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi met with the MalteseMinisterof Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Mr. Carmelo Abela in Beijing.
Wang Yi expressed that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malta, the relations between the two countries have always developed smoothly and have become a model for the harmonious coexistence of different populations, different cultural traditions and different social systems. China highly appreciates that Malta has placed China in an important position in Malta's foreign relations and fully understands and supports China's legitimate claims on issues involving China's core interests and major concerns. China is willing to cooperate with Malta on political mutual trust, economic mutual benefit andcivil mutual understanding for becoming like-minded partners in the international community. China will make the "Belt and Road" into a new platform for all-round cooperation between China and Malta and promote China andMalta’s relations for greater development. Today’s world is facing a major change that never existed in the past century. Unilateralism is rising, and the international rules are being challenged. It is necessary for China and Maltato strengthen coordination and cooperation, jointly oppose unilateralism and trade protectionism, build an open world economy as well as a community of human destiny.
Carmelo Abela said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations 46 years ago, China and Malta have always respected each other and treated each other equally. The friendship between the two countries has lasted for a long time. Malta greatly appreciates China's long-standing policy of equality between large and small countries, cherishes its friendship and cooperation with China, and will continue to firmly adhere to the One-China policy. Maltaalso attaches importance to the “Belt and Road Initiative” and is willing to strengthen cooperation with China to further expand cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, tourism and humanities. At present, multilateralism and free trade are being challenged among different countries. Maltaopposites to trade wars because it is not going to benefit any party. Maltais also willing to play a positive role in promoting the smooth development of EU-China relations.
After the talks, Wang Yi and CarmeloAbela jointly signed the “First Session Minutes of the Steering Committee of the Medium-Term Cooperation Plan between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Malta”.
The President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yan personally congratulates to the Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Mr. Carmelo Abela for great success in his trip to China.